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Thursday, 6 October 2016


Today is the last day of the school holidays here in New Zealand.  We have read together, gardened together, been up several times during the night together with L. and E. who have slept terribly due to sickness, seen some friends and made a lot of pancakes.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

On 'Simple Matters' by Erin Boyle

I've just finished reading 'Simple Matters' by Erin Boyle, which I've read in two sittings.  This book manages to be aesthetically pleasing, inspirational and filled with practical advice with how to be more purposeful in how we live, and yes, consume.

One thing that I have been thinking about, which I re-read today is the passage where she refers to a book by Elizabeth Cline called 'Overdressed' (a book that I would now like to read).

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Simple pleasures

I've teamed up with Eco Monkey and trialed the Kneado and 'Everything paint'. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Life is a bit too busy sometimes.  Unleashing a bit of creativity, or at least nurturing it in others is a good way to slow down and focus on the moment.  Over the last few weeks we have been using the Kneado and the 'Everything paint' from Eco Monkey. Eco Monkey is a NZ owned business and their products are natural, allergy free and sustainable.

On Sunday morning I woke up to the sound of L. and E. talking to each other and calling out for me. This is pretty normal in our house.  The problem was that it was 5.20am and I was already feeling tired from a few weeks' worth of broken sleep thanks to winter illnesses  and a particularly tiring week at work.  I really did not want to get up, but with it being my husband's turn to be sick, it really had to be me to get up, so I did.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Working mum: some thoughts on keeping things simple

It can be hard to find a balance- reading and drinking tea helps me to find some.

This post contains a few thoughts on returning to full time work and having two young children.  It is a topic which is endless and awash with all kinds of implications around gender equality, personal choice, values, necessities and more.  I'm not going to go into our particular set of circumstances because they are our circumstances and each family is so different with its own set of priorities, pressures and particulars. What I will go over is a few things I have been doing (admittedly not always consistently) that have helped to keep things simpler for myself and my family with becoming more time-poor.  A lot of these I started doing while I was on leave and had a baby and a toddler, but they have become even more integral to things running smoothly. I hope that they might in turn be of interest to you as well.

Friday, 6 May 2016

'Lion Practice' and 'A Tale of Two Beasts'

It's been a while, hasn't it?  Since my last post, I have returned to work full time, after two years of being a stay at home mum.  We've had new routines to establish, change, tweak slightly and settle into.  Stories before bed with both L (almost four) and E (two) is one routine that has not changed and I want to share with you two gorgeous books that we have all been enjoying.